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20 Jan
2011
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Made it: Manhattan fish chowder

I love tilapia and I love soup, but I do not love dear Martha’s recipe for fish chowder. Boo hoo.

Granted, I did my own thing and left out the bacon but there was definitely something else missing.

Oh well, at least I learned something. Tomato-based or “red” chowder is called Manhattan chowder. Cream-based or “white” chowder is New England chowder.

Next time I’m trying this one from Epicurious.

10 Things Loved in December

This very well may transition into a “10 Things Loved” blog, although I do have a 2011 goal of more regular posting (don’t we all). Until then, here are 10 things that closed out my year with a smile.

10 Things Loved in December

1. DIY Christmas decorations – I wanted to do something new for the mantle this year, so I wrapped three frames in brown kraft paper, stuck a cranberry pick in each one, and then hung them with a black ribbon. Then I made a long garland of DIY tinsel with strips of black tissue paper and pages from an old economics book. I am really happy with how it turned out. 🙂

2. Bow making – Let the craftiness continue! I was googling and youtubing up a storm trying to find a bow making tutorial that I could actually follow. After I had my fill of Southern belles telling me how easy it is to “simply loop and twist and loop and twist” and “there, a perfect holiday boooooow” I found one that actually worked. I would share, but I can’t find it now.

3. Christmas at the coast – Spending Christmas at the beach is a gift unto itself.

4. “Long live vintage” handbags – I love Fossil’s line of vintage-style bags. I picked up a purse and lunch bag at 50 percent off.

5. Eureka Springs, Arkansas – Who knew this little Arkansas town would be so beautiful and inspiring. I’m in love, and I’ll be back next year!

6. Broder – Aebleskivers, please. Broder is a great Swedish restaurant in Portland that serves up a delicious breakfast, and they have many covetable items on their walls.

7. Seattle – Perhaps this is appearing on my list too frequently, but I enjoyed flying into Seattle at night and seeing the Space Needle and twinkling city lights.

8. Deep fried cheese curds – Heaven help me. I’ve been traveling a bit more for work and I stumbled upon deep fried cheese curds in Wisconsin. OMG, they are to die for, and I’m so glad we don’t have these on menus in Oregon. (And if we do, I don’t want to know about it!) P.S. –  Please don’t tell Tillamook Cheese that I’ve been cheating on them.

9. Just Dance game – I got this Nintendo Wii game for Christmas and it is a riot! Now I suppose I could eat deep fried cheese curds on a daily basis.

10. Eames rocker – Look who finally got an Eames molded plastic rocker? Me! I’m proud to say it’s a knockoff from Overstock, which I scored for $99. I know I’ll never spend $500 on a real Eames rocker, so I may as well enjoy the look.

3 Dec
2010

10 Things Loved in November

10 Things Loved November

1. Notebook paper tea towel – I got this from the WonderThunder Flatstock booth at Bumbershoot. Delightful.

2. Snowshoeing – We ventured out to Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood. Bring on winter.

3. Portland Chinese Garden – The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a little pocket of beauty in Old Town.

4. Mad Men – I am in love with this show! Perfect style and inspiration, and who could resist Don Draper at this price? I’m still planning a Mad Men inspired office. Stay tuned.

5. Tao of Tea – The teahouse at the Portland Chinese Garden is the perfect remedy for a rainy day.

6. EXPEDIT bookcase – I finally got an Expedit! I’m converting part of the family room into an office and crafty room, so I paired the 5×5 cube Expedit with a 2×4 cube on its side, and added the Expedit desk attachment.

7. ClarkLewis – I have been wanting to try this restaurant since, oh, the day it opened in 2004. Well, finally!

8. Ravenna chair at World Market – A great print, and perfect mix of new and old.

9. Thanksgiving dinner for two – Part New Seasons deli, part home cooked. Yum!

10. My new job – Yes, I did just get a new job five months ago. Same company, new position. This is great opportunity and what I’m calling “my big girl job.” (Jumps up and down, clapping.)

 

10 Things Loved in September

Another month already? September flew by with trips and and trip planning. Here are 10 things that made me happy in September:

1. Bumbershoot 2010 – Bumbershoot is an annual tradition in our household. It marks the beginning of fall and is an awesome time to take a jaunt up north for some great music and comedy. And isn’t the EMP just the coolest building of all time?

2. Rivers Cuomo – Weezer headlined Bumbershoot this year. I 100% agreed when he said “Gen X – this is your night.” Ahhh, like traveling back in time. 🙂

3. Uwajimaya store – Never mind the food, this is one of my favorite stores for gifts, dishes and kitchenware. They have locations in the Seattle area and Beaverton, and there has been a store rumored to be opening in Portland’s China Town/Old Town for a few years now. I get to the Bellevue store more often than the Beaverton one. What’s up with that?

4. Flatstock – Flatstock is one of my favorite parts of Bumbershoot. It’s an awesome place to get unique art on the cheap. My favorite artist for several years running is Kevin Tong. He has the coolest iSteamPhone piece that is a Da Vinci-esque drawing/deconstruction of an iPhone. So cool.

5. Seattle – OK, the lovefest with Seattle ends here. This might as well be a 10 things loved about Bumbershoot or 10 things loved about Seattle list. My excuse is that I was born and (partially) raised  near Seattle so my annual trips up there are near and dear to my heart.

6. Mango – I love love LOVE Costco’s mangoes. During September I had a constant supply of fresh mango and had mango for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days. One of my favorite recipes is mango “beef” lettuce wraps: mango strips, cilantro, scallions, bean-thread noodles and chi’a pow yu wrapped in Boston lettuce leaves. Yum!

7. Bar Carlo – Great little breakfast place in outer SE. They have the best mexicanos platos … my favorite is the black bean omelet with soyrizo.

8. Closet Couture – So fun – I spent a ridiculous amount of time over several afternoons photographing and categorizing all my clothes. It was quite fun and afterward I made collages and planned vacation outfits in Google Picasa. Which I know isn’t the point, but taking the photos was about 96% of the battle and now I can organize them however I wish… Dear Closet Couture – Please get an iPhone app.

9. 2011 IKEA catalog – Getting the new IKEA catalog is always a big event for me. This year’s isn’t particularly engaging, but I do love the “hooray for the everyday” theme.

10. Planning my Greece and Turkey trip – I spent a good chunk of September finalizing details for our big trip to Greece and Istanbul. And on Sept. 30 we arrived in Athens!

10 Things Loved in August

It’s time for another recap of things that made my month! Here are 10 things that made me happy in August:

1. Gladiolas: I’m the kind of girl who likes to buy her guy flowers. Yes, it’s kind of a gift for myself, but it makes the house seem cozy. He humors me. I picked up a 10-stem bunch of glads at Fred Meyer for $3.99! They were cheaper than the tie-dye daisies and lasted a couple of weeks.

2. Lemon curd and lemon tarts: Not only did Comma Mister get flowers and the coolest card ever for his birthday, he also got a lemon tart. Deeeelicious.

3. Providence Bridge Pedal: When else can you pedal across the Marquam Bridge? There is nothing quite like pedaling your bicycle across a freeway bridge. Yes, it’s a leisurely bike ride with 18,000 of your closest friends … and it’s awesome!

4. Cole Haan ‘Air Nora’ slide: These feel a bit grannyish but are still cute “summer is not yet over” shoes. And I do love my Cole Haan Nike Airs.
Cole Haan sandals

5. Pine State Biscuits: Everyone raves about the Reggie, the Regina, or plain old biscuits and gravy, but seasonal berries are where it’s at! I just can’t condone collard greens at 8 a.m. (which is when you should arrive if you don’t want to stand in line), but fresh berries and whipped cream are perfect toppings for the perfect biscuit!
Pine State Biscuits

6. Eggplant: Both the color and the vegetable made me smile this month.
eggplants portland farmers market

7. Oregon honey: Another Portland Farmer’s Market find. I’m not sure what made me happier, the honey sticks or the yellow “3 Bees” bucket. I’m craving both.
honey sticks portland farmers market

8. Avery NoteTabs for cookbooks: I saw an ad for these in the Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine and knew they would change my life. Proof that advertising works (only I thought they were a 3M post-it note product, so I suppose you could say I had a hard time with advertisement recall). Love them!
avery notetabs for cookbook

9. Lavender: Is it acceptable to have three items from the Farmer’s Market on my list? I put a bunch of fresh lavender in a wooden apple basket from Pottery Barn ($2.99 clearance item – score) and it smells as good as it looks… or looks at good as it smells.

10. Game storage: Finally, a place to keep extra games, and the (IKEA Dombas) wardrobe was only $99!
Ikea game storage